Sunday, March 13, 2011

I didn't die

Well actually for a time there it would have been for the best......
Arrived in SC after a somewhat uneventful drive. Got stopped at the border for about an hour because of the RHD. It was a "step out of the car please" endeavor but ended well and I was on my way.

The first few days were nice and hot and sunny though unfortunately I decided to roll around in a poison ivy field for a few hours and got it pretty bad. I have never had any sort of contact with the stuff down here so I was totally taken off guard when I got it. After 2 or 3 days of lying in bed all day and feeling quite sorry for myself (along with being in agony) the nasty stuff started to subside. It has mostly cleared up now and I am loving life again. The warm weather has returned and the riding is phenomenal as usual.
Shined the GTi-R all up and washed away any remnants of winter. I've been able to take her into the mountains a couple times and it is a ton of fun to drive.
I did actually get my mountain bike finished before I came down. It turned out very well and rides just as well as I remember. The Magura fork was a little stiff when I first started riding it but has broken in again after sitting all winter and rides nice and plush now. The polished frame is getting scratched up which is a shame but inevitable so I will just have to re-polish at the end of the season.


  1. Hi,

    I have a Anthem X myself and I'm trying to run a 2x9 setup myself (22T & 36T) with a 11-32 cassette. I'm having big problems with the front derailleur though. The top pull has to be set way too low (the lower links of the rear suspension hit it) if i only want it 2 mm above the teeth of the 36T. And a high mount derailleur is sitting right at the knob of the higher rocker. What front derailleur are you running on yours?

  2. Ahhhh I was definitely having the same problems last year with my XT 3x9 front derailleur. Problem is now solved with Shimano's 2x10 front derailleur. It is specifically designed to shift 26/38 chainrings and has a lot smaller of a profile. Mounts in the proper position on my Anthem X with room to spare and shifts amazingly well with my TA rings, much better than my old 3x9 front der.
    Shifting is now flawless front to back on my 2x9 and I'm lovin' it.

  3. So you have the low mount 2*10 XTR derailleur? And do you use that one with a new XTR shifter? or does it work with the old one (from a 9 speed version) as well?

  4. Would you know btw if a E-type derailleur (Shimano SLX m665-e would fit?) Or even just the standard low mount M665 (which is a 2 x 9 All mountain derailleur...)